Industrial noise generated from plants, mills, refineries, shipping docks, utilities, and more, impact the quality of the surrounding community. By controlling and monitoring this noise a community and industry can establish a working relationship that will benefit all. An effective noise monitoring program will allow an industrial site to understand the noise sources and time periods that are causing concerns and then develop a plan for mitigation.
One of the largest acoustic consulting firms in Australia was engaged by the New South Wales Department of Planning & Industry to conduct wind farm noise assessments. The goal was to perform a specialist, independent acoustic compliance audit of three major wind farms located near Canberra, Australia’s capital city.
The objective of the study was to conduct a detailed noise assessment at residential dwellings near to the wind farms. Three wind farms near Canberra, Australia, were investigated.
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Noise has become the primary source of environmental disturbance. In 2002, the European Union took decisive action in the form of directive 2002/49/CE relating to the assessment and management of environmental noise. Through the use of strategic noise mapping, every urban community must implement an action plan to combat noise pollution. The monitoring of noise levels in urban environments is therefore an essential factor.
The increase in housing stock required by the government is leading to developments being considered in a wider variety of locations and can provide challenges in assessing and agreeing levels of acceptable noise and vibration exposure. With the introduction of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and the Noise Policy statement for England (NPSE) clients are faced with rapidly changing local authority requirements.
Acoustic Associates have been involved on numerous large scale projects, in the quarrying, mining, power generation and waste management sectors where the Secretary of State required full Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) to be able to properly assess and balance the suitability and sustainability of large scale developments. Acoustic Associates can provide the noise chapters for these EIA’s and are happy to work in interdisciplinary teams to provide co-ordinated and seamless reports. Acoustic Associates has...
For environmental noise monitoring when short measurements are required using a hand held Sound Level Meter. This could be for boundary monitoring of industrial sites or noise surveys for planning purposes.
noise3D enables commercial and industrial users to assess noise levels with the latest available propagation programs, without having to purchase expensive software. Instead, the 3D modeling software Trimble Navigation SketchUp or Google Earth (Pro) are used as interface. You can use your own planning documents, such as scanned maps for digitization, or transfer data from Google Earth for a simpler option.